Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.
~James Russell Lowell
It seems that winter has already arrived here in Maine! We've had 2 good snowfalls in the past week with a total of about 16 inches on the ground, and the temperature has gone below zero a few times. After the first snow, it seemed to me that spring, summer, and fall had all been just a dream, and now it's back to reality! 😁 The second storm brought freezing rain, followed by about 6 inches of heavy wet snow. Not easy to clean up perhaps, but when the sun came out next morning it was magical! Enjoy! 😊